A Volunteer in Godzone (aka New Zealand)

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There's obviously more than one IET volunteer resident in New Zealand (aka Godzone), but I don't think anyone else is blogging yet, so first in, first served (mwahahahaha).  I volunteer in a variety of roles - currently I'm a committee member of my Local Network (South Island), a member of NZ Forum, and chair of the Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CC-AP) (which also means I'm a member of the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC)).
 
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Latest Posts

  • A Not-about-Antarctica Blog Post
    So I was intending to write another blog post about Antarctica, but I just haven't managed to get the time.  And it's now been several months, so I thought perhaps I should just update you all on my IET happenings since I got back.  It's been a busy few months, and a really busy few weeks - I've had three IET meetings on three Saturdays in a row.  I mean, who needs weekends?   The first was a Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CCAP) meeting in Taipei, where we talked to the local volunteers, discussed the upcoming Asia Pacific Volunteers' Conference, and continued to work on the CCAP Strategy.  That's all I'm going to say on that though - I'll be writing a blog post on the CCAP blog all about the meeting, so if you're interested, head over there in a day or two, and read all about it!   read more...
  • It's the season to be busy, tra la la la la, la la la la...
    I know I've just butchered a Christmas carol, and it's not anywhere near Christmas yet, but it is the first thing that came into my head when I was trying to think of a title.  I think it's official, my brain is a weird place to live. Anyway, the new volunteer session started earlier this month, so I thought it would be good to do an update on what I've been doing.  Since I last blogged we've had a Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CCAP) meeting in Sydney, which was held after the regional Present Around the World (PATW) Finals.  I was very impressed with the speakers at PATW, and did not envy the judges having to make a decision! read more...
  • Japan and Hong Kong on a whirlwind tour!
    I've finally recovered from my IET travels at the start of the month, and have a chance to tell you about them .  In five days I went from New Zealand to Tokyo to Hong Kong, and back to New Zealand again.  I almost think I spent more time travelling than I did in Tokyo or Hong Kong!  But it was great meeting some of our dedicated volunteers, and also interesting trying to sort out budget allocations for next year.  So, what exactly did I get up to?   read more...
  • A few months in the life of a busy IET volunteer
    It's been a while since I blogged last, largely because I've been busy behind-the-scenes on a number of IET projects, as well as study and work.  Everything's well underway now, so I thought I'd write an update on what I've been doing for the last few months.  And since people seem to be interested in what else I get up to, I'll update you on that too .  But IET things first!   read more...
  • I don't think I should be allowed to be in charge of art for anything ever again!
    I've just come back from the 2015 Asia Pacific Communities Volunteers Conference (CVC), and I have to say, I was very impressed!  It was very well organised, with lots of interesting talks, and a fantastic delegate challenge.  And I'm not just saying that because my group won it .  Each table was asked to put forward an idea for an ad 'selling' the IET to a student who isn't resident in the UK, but who does have a local professional institute to join as an alternative.  It was good fun, and there were some brilliant clips and presentations done, including a rap!  To be honest, I was quite suprised we won it.  I suspect it had something to do with my awesome drawing skills - or perhaps not...  I've included a picture of one of our story boards, and I think you can all tell I was never any good at art!  In all honesty, the young professionals (YPs) at our table had a great idea, the rest of us just came along for the ride really...   read more...